Grants and Resources for Individuals

A list of scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities for individuals

Global Reconciliation Fund: 2016 Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The United States Government (USG), as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian assistance (DCHA), Office of Conflict management and Mitigation (CMM) invites applications from qualified entities for funding a program entitled “2016 Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities (Global Reconciliation Fund)”. The program carry out the activities that mitigate conflict and promote reconciliation by bringing together individuals of different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from areas of civil conflict and war.

The program aims to make significant strides in the overall goal of conflict mitigation, peace and reconciliation through the implementation of People-to-People (P2P) activities in selected eligible conflict-affected countries.

Funding Information

  • Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide approximately US $16,000,000 in total USAID funding.
  • The ceiling for the single award under this program is US $1,500,000.
  • Actual funding amount are subject to availability of funds as well as content, quality and number of applications received, needs and competing priorities.

Funding Range

  • For Local Entities Only: Funding Range between $100,000 and $800,000
  • For Local Entities and Non-Local Entities (except for Colombia): Funding Range between $800,000 and $1,500,000

Eligible Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Burundi, Liberia. Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Colombia

Eligibility Criteria

  • USAID encourages applications from potential new partners.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • USAID welcomes applications from entities that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • With the exception of one funding category and all programming in Colombia, the following types of entities (both local and non-local) are eligible to apply.
    • U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-Profit NGOs
    • U.S. and Non-U.S. For-Profit NGOs
    • U.S. and Non-U.S. Colleges and Universities
    • Public International Organisations (PIOs)
    • Only local entities may apply for funding in the lower funding category.
    • For programming in Colombia, only local entities may apply.
  • The Recipient must be a responsible entity

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Global Reconciliation Fund.


Nominations Open for Human Rights Awards! Recognizing Initiatives for the Advancement of Human Rights in Malaysia

Deadline: 30 June 2016

Nominations are open for Human Rights Awards that will be given to individuals, groups, organisations and agencies that have an outstanding track record in the advancement of human rights in Malaysia.

The awards were established in 2011 by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia and the introduction of the Awards is part of the Commission’s effort to promote human rights and to honor the contributions made by extraordinary individuals, groups, organisations and agencies.


  • To recognize outstanding individuals, groups, organisations and agencies for their significant contributions towards human rights in the country;
  • To promote greater understanding and support among the civil societies on the work of these human rights defenders;
  • To promote active involvement among the various communities and societal actors in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

Award Categories

  • Individual: Awards are presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant achievements in serving the cause of human rights in the community on a pro-bono basis.
  • Organisation/Group: Award is presented to a registered non-profit organisation and a non-registered advocacy group that has demonstrated significant achievements in serving the cause of human rights in the community on a pro-bono basis.
  • Media: Awards are presented to three individuals and/or agencies from the Malaysian print, online and broadcast media that have published or produced a significant human rights reporting/documentary/programme.
  • Government Agencies: Award is presented to a Malaysian government agency or statutory body that has demonstrated human rights best practices in their implementation of policies and regulations, programmes and services.
  • Business Entity: Award is presented to a business entity that has demonstrated human rights best practices in its delivery of services and conduct of business activities.

Prize Information

  • Individual: The recipient will receive RM2, 000.00 + a plaque + a certificate
  • Community Organization/Group: The recipient will receive RM2, 000.00 + a plaque + a certificate
  • Media: The recipient will receive RM2, 000.00 + a plaque + a certificate
  • Government Agencies: The recipient will receive RM2, 000.00 + a plaque + a certificate
  • Business Entity: The recipient will receive RM2, 000.00 + a plaque + a certificate

Priority Areas

  • Advocating the rights of the vulnerable groups including Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, women, children, refugees and asylum seekers;
  • Undertaking continued effort to raising human rights awareness among various stakeholders particularly the grassroots community;
  • Promoting equality and removing discrimination or infringement of human rights;
  • Providing continued support and assistance to victims of human rights abuses;
  • Encouraging greater harmony among people of different races or ethnic origins, religions, sex, age, or other differences within Malaysia;
  • Implementing human rights-based approach in the conduct of business activities or in the work of state actors through appropriate reforms that reflect greater public accountability, transparency, accessibility and participation.

Please visit next page for information regarding selection criteria and eligibility criteria.


MEPI Local Grants Program to Support Organisations and Individuals!

Deadline: 17 October 2016

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program is seeking single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program with an aim to serve as MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative Program offers assistance to groups and individuals striving to bring constructive, peaceful and positive change to the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI supports projects that foster partnerships between civil society organizations, communities, youth and women, the private sector, and government to advance efforts to create positive change in their societies.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthen civil society;
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism;
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment;
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth;
  • Strengthen the rule of law;
  • Develop independent media in service to communities; and,
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.

Funding Information

  • Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between $50,000 to $150,000
  • Projects are usually funded for one year, but the project and budget periods can be a minimum of three months and up to two years if a longer time period would yield more significant or better results.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in eligible countries mention above.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invites applications from organizations working with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.
  • MEPI is also interested in proposals that involve the participation of persons with disabilities

How to Apply

Interested applicants must register themselves at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement.

African Academy of Sciences: Rewarding Individuals and Scientists for their Excellence!

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is seeking applications for its fellowship program from individuals who have excelled in their fields of expertise as fellows. The academy also gives prizes to recognize scientists who have contributed to developing their fields in Africa.

The AAS is the only continental academy in Africa, enjoying the support and recognition of NEPAD and the African Union as well as several governments and major international partners. These bodies also recognize the think-tank functions of the academy and its increasing role in setting the research agenda for the future development of the continent.


The AAS mission is to serve:

  • as an honorific society with the primary function of honoring African science and technology achievers
  • as a development-oriented mobiliser of the entire African science and technology community with the fundamental role of facilitating the development of scientific and technological capacity for science-led development in Africa, promoting excellence and relevance in doing so.

Focus Areas

  • Climate Change
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Food Security and Nutritional Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Energy

Fellowship Categories

  • Fellows are Africans who may live in or outside the continent and are elected by AAS fellows based on achievements that include their publication record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to policy.
  • Associate fellows are non-Africans who have contributed to the development of science on the continent.
  • Honorary fellows are eminent members of society who have helped the AAS to achieve its goals.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit African Academy of Sciences.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: Inviting Institutions and Individuals from Developing and Emerging Countries!

Deadline: 11 March 2016

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is inviting applicants from institutions and individuals in developing and emerging countries to sketch challenges, problems and first ideas, which a specific country or region is currently facing or might be in the near future.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization and its research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by their researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. Their research activities are aimed at promoting the economic development of their industrial society, with particular regard for social welfare and environmental compatibility.

Guiding Principles

  • The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft promotes and conducts applied research in an international context to benefit private and public enterprise and is an asset to society as a whole.
  • By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe.
  • The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft offers a platform that enables its staff to develop the necessary professional and personal skills that will enable them to assume positions of responsibility within their institute, in industry and in other scientific domains.

Proposal Guidelines

  • Applicants should present a brief overview of his/her institution, including his/her full name and contact information.
  • Give challenge, problem or/and idea a specific title and subtitle.
  • Applicant should describe in detail the features of challenge or problem.
  • Applicant may also include some illustrations, photos or visualizations.
  • Optional: In case applicant has an idea, how this problem raised could be solved, can describe it by writing a few short paragraphs or bullet points.
  • Describe potential obstacles of the implementation of a possible solution. What will be the most difficult issues and challenges within the implementation process?
  • Applicant should summarize the challenge or problem, motivation, the proposed solution and possible local partner, in case there is one. If there are already any publications on this topic, it should be mentioned.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open for institutions and individuals in developing and emerging countries.
  • Proposals should be submitted in PDF format and in English
  • Any document received after the deadline will not be accepted for this call.
  • No modification to the application is allowed once the deadline for submission has elapsed.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The Applicant may not submit more than one application under this call for challenges, problems and ideas.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their applications either by email or by post at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

World Habitat Awards 2016/17: Rewarding Innovative Solutions to Current Housing Needs & Problems of the World

Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Building and Social Housing Foundation is currently inviting individuals/organisation from all over the world to apply for its World Habitat Awards 2016.

The World Habitat Awards is presented at the World Urban Forum and UN-Habitat Governing Council events in April of each year, increasing opportunities for international exposure, networking and dissemination of the award winning approaches. Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. Every year an award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the World Urban Forum (even years) and UN-Habitat Governing Council (odd years).

Focus Areas

Housing projects and approaches are sought for 2016/17 Award that:

  • demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world
  • can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate
  • are already being implemented or are completed ie not at design stage or very early stages of development
  • view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.


  • International recognition, awards of £10,000 will be made to each of the two winning projects.
  • Trophies will also be presented to the winning projects, and travel and accommodation costs will be met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.

Key Dates

For the World Habitat Awards 2016/17 cycle:

  • 29th April 2016 – Final deadline for receipt of submissions
  • June 2016 – Notification of shortlisted projects
  • 1st August 2016 – Deadline for further information from shortlisted projects
  • August 2016 to January 2017 – Evaluation of shortlisted projects
  • February 2017 – Announcement of the winners of the World Habitat Awards 2016/17
  • April 2017 – Presentation of the Awards at the UN-Habitat Governing Council

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any individual, organization or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world.
  • More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organization.
  • Entries should relate to housing projects and processes that are either completed or in progress. Those that are at design stage only or in the very early stages of development cannot be considered.
  • Previous entrants can re-submit in subsequent years providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Apply for  World Habitat Awards 2016.

USAID/West Africa: “Human Rights for All” to Build the Capacity of Local Human Rights Organizations

Deadline: 16 November 2015

The United States Agency for International Development is seeking proposals for a project entitled “Human Rights for All” in order to build the capacity of local human rights organizations while also improving the understanding of their role as advocates, allies, and spokespersons for highly vulnerable, politicized, and underserved populations.

This project will build the capacity of local human rights organizations while also improving their understanding of their role as advocates, allies, and spokespersons for highly vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved populations.

The goal of this activity is to better equip CSOs to combat human rights abuses, particularly for LGBT and vulnerable populations.


  • Train CSOs on universal human rights, including LGBT human rights;
  • Improve the capacity of CSOs to advocate for vulnerable populations;
  • Refine outreach activities and support the development of effective communication plans of CSOs;
  • Train CSOs on transitional justice and victims’ rights to push through the pending cases for trial and judgment; and
  • Support direct lines of communication between the GOCI, CSOs, and individuals whose human rights have been violated

Grants Information

  • Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/West Africa intends to award between $400,000 and $700,000 under this Annual Program Statement (APS), for approximately 2 – 3 grants lasting from twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months
  • The majority of grants will be between $200,000 and $700,000 over twelve to eighteen months, although USAID will consider awarding smaller or larger grants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This APS is issued worldwide as a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified organizations have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. Eligible organizations include:
    • Registered U.S. and non-U.S. private non-governmental organizations,
    • Registered U.S. and non-U.S. non-profit organizations,
    • For-profit organizations willing to forego profit, and
    • Public international organization

For application procedure and more, please visit

International Foundation for Science (IFS): Individual Research Grants for Researchers in Developing Countries

Deadline: 31 December 2015

International Foundation for Science (IFS) is currently inviting early-career scientists in IFS eligible developing countries to apply for IFS Individual Research Grants and carry out research projects for a period of up to 3 years. An applicant must have at least an MSc/MA, be younger than 35 years of age (for men) or 40 years of age (for women) and must do the research project in an IFS eligible country.

Young researchers wishing to start or consolidate their independent research careers and who fulfil the IFS eligibility criteria are welcome to apply.

Research Areas

Proposals are sought under one of three research areas:

  • Biological Resources in Terrestrial Systems Including but not limited to: Biodiversity, Forestry, Natural Products, Renewable Energy and Climate Change.
  • Water and Aquatic Resources Including but not limited to: Water Resources Research; Research on all aspects of freshwater, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments.
  • Food Security, Dietary Diversity and Healthy Livelihoods Including but not limited to: Research on Food Production; Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine; Crop Science including Underutilized Crops; Food Science and Nutrition, and Food Security issues


Individual Research grants are awarded on merit in amounts up to USD 12,000 for one to three years.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, The Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, DPR, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed.Sts., Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Rep., Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for Individual IFS Research Grants:

  • must be citizens of an eligible countries, and carry out their research in an eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship)
  • must have a minimum of an MSc, MA or equivalent academic degree
  • must be (for men) younger than 35 years of age, and (for women) 40 years of age
  • Researchers, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for renewal grant irrespective of age.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit IFS research.

USAID/MADASCAR: Community Capacity for Health to Improve the Community Health System

Deadline: 8 December 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified U.S. and Non-U.S. organizations to fund a program entitled “Community Capacity for Health”.

The Community Capacity for Health activity aims to improve the sustainability of the existing community health system, as well as increase quality of its services through an integrated approach. The activity will be implemented primarily in the north and west of Madagascar in the regions of Menabe, Melaky, Boeny, Sofia, Diana, Sava and Analanjirofo15. These are regions where USAID has invested in the community health system through MAHEFA or previous programs and where community health volunteers have been active.


  • to rebuild the capacity of the public sector to adequately plan, deliver, and manage community health services.
  • to strengthen community engagement in the community health and health service delivery.

Priority Intervention Areas

  • Nutrition
  • Infant and Child health
  • Maternal health and family planning
  • Health commodity distribution

Award Information

  • USAID intends to provide $30 million in total USAID funding over a five year period.
  • The ceiling for this program is $30 million.
  • Actual funding amounts are subject to availability of funds.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and non-US organizations are eligible to apply for this program.
  • USAID encourages applications from a broad range of interested parties, foreign and domestic non-profit organizations, foreign and domestic for-profit companies that forego profit, faith-based organizations, individuals, foundations, academic institutions, civic groups and regional organizations.
  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously done business with USAID.
  • Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit and download the full announcement of the opportunity.

Apply for Jay Jordan Early Career Development Fellowship Program!

Deadline: 12 February 2016

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC are seeking applications for the Jay Jordan IFLA / OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program to provide early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

Up to five individuals are selected each year for participation in this intensive four-week fellowship program based at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA. The program gives fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practitioners and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.

The fellows visit many libraries, cultural heritage institutions and library organizations. The fellows also observe OCLC’s governance structure in action, gaining insight into issues affecting the global library cooperative. Fellows give presentations about their home countries and libraries and discuss real-world solutions to the challenges facing libraries today.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican, Republic Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Democratic People’s Public of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, , Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Republic of Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua, New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa São Tomé & Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Surinam, Swaziland, Syrian, Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Award Information

The award provides the following for each fellow:

  • Airfare, coach class, from the recipient’s home country to the United States and return trip to the recipient’s home country (transportation to and from the airport in the recipient’s home country is the responsibility of the award recipient). Note: All travel arrangements must be made through OCLC’s travel agency.
  • Transportation related to library visits (arranged by OCLC).
  • Lodging (arranged by OCLC).
  • Subsistence, including meals.
  • Medical insurance (arranged by OCLC).

Eligibility Criteria

Promising library and information science professionals who are in early stages of career development and who meet all of the qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be employed in a library or information center.
  • Have a qualifying degree in library or information science. The qualifying degree may vary depending upon country of origin, but should be the general library or information science degree recognized in the country. Normally a PhD is not considered a qualifying degree, because the Fellowship program is targeted for early career librarians.
  • Have obtained the qualifying degree between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015.
  • Have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science For the 2017 program, applicants must have library or information science experience that begins no earlier than January 1, 2008 and no later than January 1, 2013.
  • Be a legal national from mentioned above countries and be working as a librarian or information science professional in that country.
  • Read and speak English proficiently.
  • Be prepared to work as a team member with other Fellows and to participate as required in this fast-paced program.
  • Have a valid passport.
  • Be able to obtain documentation permitting legal entry into the United States or any other country required for program participation.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Early Career Development Fellowship .